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Frank Szabo Loses Sheriff's Bid

Hillsborough County Sheriff's candidate, whose controversial abortion comments made national news, loses big to Republican incumbent James Hardy.

The end came quickly for Frank Szabo, the Goffstown Republican who promised to be "a constitutional sheriff" to protect citizens rights, but found himself under fire for to block abortions.

Within 24 hours of making his comments, Szabo . Or tried to. He told Patch in a statement:

"I want to be clear to the people of New Hampshire that I made several comments about the use of deadly force against abortion doctors that I regret, that I apologize for and that I fully retract. Clearly, I feel very strongly about life beginning at conception, and that will not change. But, in making comments yesterday, I let my passionate stance against abortion get the better of me.  What I said was inexcusable, and as sheriff, I would not use lethal force against an abortion doctor. To explain my misstatement, however, I want to point out that for someone as adamantly pro-life as me, walking in on an abortion is the equivalent of walking in on someone who is in the process of stabbing someone else."

Hardy easily defended the GOP nomination in Hillsborough County. He beat Szabo in Amherst by 388 votes, in Bedford by 1,102 votes, in Merrimack by 855 votes, in Nashua by 2,559 votes – and he even crushed Szabo in his hometown, 1,183 to 404.

Hardy, of Pelham, will face Democrat Bill Barry of Manchester in the Nov. 6 General Election.

William Smith September 12, 2012 at 03:06 PM
He clearly doesn't understand why he lost. WMUR reported that he released this statement last night: "It appears the citizens of Hillsborough County are not yet ready to have their constitutional rights restored. I wish Sheriff Hardy well and hope he investigates the nature of his officing in protecting citizens‘ property and their rights." Yeah...it's the fault of the VOTERS. Unbelievable.
Brian Hayek September 12, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I thought so as well; until I actually heard the actual full elaboration in a 45 minute interview. We were portrayed with this crazy man that was going to "hunt abortion doctors"; and some reports even said he would imprison and or kill any women who had an abortion! Further, he was portrayed as claiming he was supreme and powerful over all powers and basically would be a tyrannical nut. It couldn't have been more wrong. His "power" was not "power over us"; he was specifically explaining that the county serves warrants for foreclosures to citizens from the banks. His so called supreme power was what he would NOT enforce against citizens. The power to NOT enforce unlawful foreclosures and kicking people out of their homes without proof of clear title being demonstrated. That's what was demonized out of context; and it's a damn shame something as benevolent as protecting US from corporate bank fraud was portrayed by the media as a murdering psychopath. Disgusting and a damn tragedy.
Brian Hayek September 12, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Everyone was falsely given an image of a completely different candidate on a different platform than Szaba actually was running on. I thought it was a bit crazy as well; until I actually heard the actual full elaboration in a 45 minute interview. We were portrayed with this crazy man that was going to "hunt abortion doctors"; and some reports even said he would imprison and or kill any women who had an abortion! Further, he was portrayed as claiming he was supreme and powerful over all powers and basically would be a tyrannical nut. It couldn't have been more wrong. His "power" was not "power over us"; he was specifically explaining that the county serves warrants for foreclosures to citizens from the banks. His so called supreme power was what he would NOT enforce against citizens. The power to NOT enforce unlawful foreclosures and kicking people out of their homes without proof of clear title being demonstrated. That's what was demonized out of context; and it's a damn shame something as benevolent as protecting US from corporate bank fraud was portrayed by the media as a murdering psychopath. Disgusting and a damn tragedy.
Steve From NH September 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Ah, not exactly. His position (read his posts) was that the Sheriff was the ultimate authority in the County, unanswerable to anyone else, and responsible for interpreting and upholding the Constitution and "Natural Law" - whatever that means. He said - repeatedly - that "Legal does not mean lawful" and strongly insinuated that he was the determiner of the law - "Szabos Law"? He comes from Pennsylvania, where he argued that the restriction against keeping barnyard animals on his property was unconstitutional (specifically, a town has no right under the Constitution to impose zoning laws). Maybe a nice guy, but he is also the face of the Tea Party, a group dedicated to the proposition that they should be able to do whatever they want, and anyone opposed to them is wrong - according to the US constitution and Natural Law, of which they have taken the "Liberty" of deciding what all that means, irregardless of trifling institutions like the Judicial Branch. They supported his candidacy and said that he was "a liberty-oriented candidate," who will bring "new knowledge and perspective to the often overlooked office of the Sheriff." Apparently their copy of the Constitution replaces "We the People" with "I". The "Me Party..." Thankfully he lost, but his candidacy does illuminate the current assault on reason, compromise, and the application of tyranny of the minority by the Me Party as they pull the Republican party further and further to the right and into oblivion.
Brian Hayek September 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
"Ah, not exactly. His position (read his posts) was that the Sheriff was the ultimate authority in the County, unanswerable to anyone else, and responsible for interpreting and upholding the Constitution and "Natural Law" Right; that's what befuddled as well as it sounds absurd until it was put into context. It was clarified though by the interviewer in a interview this week that was 45 minutes. Elaborating the "ultimate authority", referring to rejecting any state or federal issued foreclosure or a property seizure without clear title; and "ultimately", if it could not be provided he would not serve the foreclosure. The Farm story refers to this; which I didn't believe when he mentioned it so I looked it up: It's crazy: http://www.naturalnews.com/035585_Michigan_farms_raids.html "He said - repeatedly - that "Legal does not mean lawful" and strongly insinuated that he was the determiner of the law - "Szabos Law"? " interviewer made him elaborate on what as well. Any body that passes a law that violates fundamental bill of rights; which are natural rights because no legislature can violate your constitutional bill of rights protection. Made good sense I'm not "tea party" but I do care about people losing their houses and small farmers being destroyed by corporate competitors.
Super Fun Size September 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes, Szabo was repeating the crazy conspiracy you just did, that has no bases in fact http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12145_55230---,00.html
Brian Hayek September 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Huh? I said a Conspiracy? I said it sounded ridiculous so i looked up the source. So the court filing that's currently underway is a hoax? It seems even they admit that they ordered him to shoot the pigs or be prosecuted with a felony. I think you're missing the point here and making this a partisan thing when banks and corporations like Monsanto are destroying the people.
Steve From NH September 12, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Sorry, Frank can't take his lunatic writings and interviews back because he's found out that normal people think his ideas are crazy. I didn't see one interview or read anything that didn't come out of Franks keyboard or mouth - he's still way out there. The Farm Story you mention? You're getting your news from a right-winged-militia-tea-party website, what do you expect? The pigs in question were invasive species. Once again, the real story is about some farmer who cared nothing for anyone else, the law, his neighbors, only that he and his pigs get to do whatever they want to do irregardless of harm to others. Just like the Tea Party folks, "nothing matters like I matter".
Frank W. Szabo September 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Wake Up And Smell The Tyranny I debated whether or not to write this. Would anyone really understand? Would anyone care? Would it make any difference? My whole campaign for County Sheriff had been about helping the Citizenry. In that spirit, this is the last effort of this campaign. The County Sheriff is a unique Office which has the authority to protect Citizens, their property and their Rights. It matters not whether it is federal, state or local government violations of Citizens’ Rights. Law enforcement experience is not the same thing as corporate regulation enforcement experience. Understanding the difference is paramount in being able to honor the Oath of Office which all public officials must swear.
Frank W. Szabo September 16, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I took full responsibility for allowing my positions to be misrepresented. I am one man and did all that I could to present the true nature and authority of the County Sheriff to as many as possible. It is now up to the Citizens to hold their next sheriff accountable. In the not so distant future, when approved “food” is only produced by factory farms, when spy drones flying over American cities are a common sight, when assassinations of American Citizens are considered routine and people remember the “good ole days” when fluoride was the only toxic chemical added to the drinking water, perhaps some will remember that a Constitutional Sheriff could have prevented such violations of (what formerly were) Citizens’ Rights. In Liberty, Frank W. Szabo P.S. The next time your town wants to raise your taxes, insist that you see the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). You will be quite surprised at the assets being left out of the (corporate) budget.
Raymond Whipple September 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
You are nothing but a far right wing nut that lives on far out conspiracy. Thank GOD that you lost. Why don't you just crawl back into the hole where you came from. The results show the majority of people think your nothing but a nut job!
help October 19, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Dear Mr Szabo, Men go mad in "masses", yet only come to their senses "one by one". You are one. The rest of us have not yet come to our senses. I have a degree in human biology. Abortion is a form of cannibalization. When we no longer nourish, cherish & protect unborn humans, we are a sick society. Selfish to a fault. Humans are made to procreate. I can neither separate the killing of an unborn from the sin of the killing of an oxygen breathing adult or newborn. Mr Szabo has accepted the truth, while society harbors a lie. Mr Szabo may not have a silver tongue, but his heart is in the right place. He is a protectionist and I would be honored for him to protect myself and my rights, as well as my family.
help October 19, 2012 at 04:05 AM
To legitimize the issues listed above: 1) Our local Kroger and Wal Mart will not purchase from our local blueberry farmer. Our local towns people do not boycott Kroger or Wal Mart in support of our local farmers and Kroger & Wal Mart continue to take our money our of town away from our local suppliers. I was a child when Wal Mart came to town and shut down our local businesses. 2) Our tax dollars are supporting universities which fund scholarships for foreigners rather than the citizen's children. Example: I met a man who came to the United States on a soccer scholarship. I think sport teams of universities should be limited to the talent pool of sons and daughters of US Citizens. There is plenty of "spy" material at my local university that would not be if we were to vote on how our taxes are being spent. The foreigners' education / scholarships are funded at taxpayer's universities. In the celebration of diversity, our tax dollars are being spent in ways we would not choose. I realize that there are can be many arguments to my statements, but there is also truth. There is also truth and reality in Mr Szabo's statements. We need more people to speak out about the madness of the masses. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. John Adams US diplomat ...If lawyers and congress legalized abortion, shouldn't we be suspect? If you read this post, please say a prayer for me.

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